Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod
MacLeod Law Firm
Employment & Labour

Principal of MacLeod Law Firm, a Toronto labour and employment law firm, Doug MacLeod provides strategic employment law advice and representation on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989, Mr. MacLeod focuses on the areas of wrongful dismissal, employee terminations, severance packages, employment contracts, compliance with statutory requirements including employment standards, human rights, and occupational heath & safety legislation, human resource policy development, dealing with human rights complaints, workplace safety, and responding to union organizing activity.

Mr. MacLeod received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in 1987 and an Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business from the University of Western Ontario in 1983.

A frequent speaker to associations and professional groups, Mr. MacLeod regularly publishes articles on all aspects of employment law and has taught the Law Society of Ontario’s continuing personal development course.

Doug MacLeod Posts

What is just cause for dismissal?

“Just cause” is a legal term that means a non-union employer is justified in terminating an employee without any notice of termination at common law. Read more

Social media matters in the workplace

Employers should be introducing social media policies to set guidelines determining acceptable online behaviour for staff, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . Read more

Navigating employment law waters: unpaid internships

Did you know that many so-called unpaid interns are really employees who are entitled to be paid? In Ontario, there is no law which permits an employer to unilaterally designate a person as an unpaid intern. Certain trainees and students however can be hired as unpaid interns. Read more

The cost of litigating a wrongful dismissal action

The MacLeod Law Firm recently settled a wrongful dismissal case for a client. There are lessons for employers to learn from this case. Read more